Convener: Chris Southcott, Lakehead University
Resource development is becoming more important to Arctic communities. In the past these developments have often resulted in an increase in environmental, social, and economic problems in the region. Increasingly new systems of governance and new forms of relationships between Arctic communities and industry mean that communities have a greater opportunity to use resource development to improve capacity and general well-being. Over the past five years a number of new research networks have arose to examine how best to ensure mining and oil and gas developments benefit rather than endanger Arctic communities. ReSDA, ArcticFROST, and the UArctic Arctic Extractive Industries Thematic Network and others have been working on this issue, often in partnership. This session is devoted to highlighting the results of this research.